The news was even worse for "The Siege," which ceded most of the adult audience interest it had to "Enemy of the State," claiming few hostages with $3.5 million in its third weekend (a paralyzing 57% drop) and $32 million to date.
"I'll Be Home for Christmas" may not hang around much past Thanksgiving, judging by its $2.5-million second-weekend gross in 1,776 theaters and a very un-merry $7 million in 10 days.
Rounding out the top 10, "Pleasantville" keeps on trucking with $2.4 million on 1,715 screens in its fifth weekend, having taken in a pleasant $35 million or so to date. And while "Rugrats" knocked "Antz" to ninth place in the standings, after two months the computer-animated adventure is still in 2,002 theaters with a feisty $2.3 million estimate. "Antz" has now topped $84 million.
Of the specialized films debuting this weekend, the most promising appears to be the Irish whimsy "Waking Ned Devine," which debuted to a projected $145,252 in only nine theaters, for a strong $16,000 per screen. The Brazilian film "Central Station" also showed some vigor in its two-theater New York opening with $36,000. It debuts in Los Angeles on Wednesday.